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Best Banh Mi?

Looking for some advice about where to get the best banh mi (vietnamese po-boy) in the city. I have heard wonderful things about Dong Phuong Bakery, but am wondering if there is something a bit closer to Uptown?

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  1. Just go to Dong Phuong. I promise you won't regret it.

    1. Banh Mi Sao Mai down the street from Dong Phuong.

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      Banh Mi Sao MAI
      14321 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

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      1. re: runCP3

        Dong Phuong also makes their own bread (and sells it to many places) and has at least 10 maybe 13 different types of Banh Mi.

        1. re: Suzy Wong

          I went on Saturday. At least 13 types and all less than $3.00. Incredible. I got the shrimp cake style. I think I'll go 10 times before I can try anything else.

        2. re: runCP3

          Yum! banh mi sao mai is the best. i even remember when they were selling it out of the house then out of a candy truck when i was a little kid. i think they use the bread from dong phuong. but the filling is totally different then what you can get from dong phuong. much better in my opinion. they have a 2nd store that is called something other then banh mi sao mai but i don't have the name or the address on hand right now.

        3. Best & closest to uptown are hard to reconcile when it comes to Vietnamese food. If proximity is your primary concern, then go to Jazmine Cafe on Carrollton in Riverbend. The bahn mi aren't on the menu, but are listed on a whiteboard near the door. Slightly farther from uptown is Eat Well food mart, corner of Canal & Broad (uptown lakeside corner).

          If you're willing to cross the river, you can hit Pho Tau Bay, Tan Dinh, or even the sandwich counter inside Hong Kong Market. All are substantially closer, mileage-wise, than Dong Phuong.

          Which is best? I think it depends entirely on what sort of sandwich filling you crave...

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          Pho Tau Bay Restaurant
          113 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA 70053

          Tan Dinh
          1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053

          Jazmine Cafe
          614 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Hong Kong
          7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072

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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Pho Bang, Pho Nola, and Pho Orchid in Metairie are also worth considering

            1. re: paz5559

              Pho Bang in Metairie doesn't serve bahn mi. Dunno about the other PB locations.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                My bad - I get amazing spring rolls and lemon grass chicken there when my office orders lunch.

          2. If you really want banh mi and you can't get to DP or the stuff on the Westbank, I second Celeste--Jazmine Cafe is pretty good.

            1. I'll chime in with my usual recommendation of Moon Wok in the French Quarter. On the banh mi continuum, they're better than Eat Well or Jazmine, but not as good as Pho Tau Bay and definitely not as good as Dong Phuong. I'd say about the same as Hong Kong Market, actually, which I don't like quite as much as Pho Tau Bay.

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              Pho Tau Bay Restaurant
              113 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA 70053

              Jazmine Cafe
              614 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

              Hong Kong
              7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072

              Moon Wok
              800 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                Oh god, I hate the bahn mi at Hong Kong market. Nasty stuff.

                The ones from Mook Wok are nice. I usually get the chicken.

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                Hong Kong
                7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072

                1. re: nola79

                  Yea, Hong Kong market sandwiches aren't good. They use their own bread instead of Dong Phuong's bread.

                2. re: uptownlibrarian

                  I think Pho Nola on Transcontinental have the best grilled pork banh mi.There aioli in the banh mi is out of this world.I go there 4 days a week for lunch and would recommend everyone to try it ..